Editorial

Watching You

Watching You

Kilroy was here     Early one morning when I was ready to begin my the day with a fresh espresso, I found the kitchen door guarded by a cicada. This promised to be an interesting shot. I grabbed my 1D and quickly mounted  a 50 mm macro lens, went...

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John Lennon Educational Bus

John Lennon Educational Bus

Urban Arts Master Classes The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Visits New Design High School!   For three days, from May 25th-27th, three groups of New Design High School students had the opportunity to write, record and create a music video based on their original...

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Seeing is Doubting

Seeing is Doubting

Many things seem obvious. Documented. Real. Really? Date: Take a guess Location: Take a guess Focal Length: 7.4 mm (interesting information) Exposure: 1/60 sec at f/2.8,  ISO161

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2011 Leadership in Retail and Consumer Products Forum

2011 Leadership in Retail and Consumer Products Forum

2011 Leadership in Retail and Consumer Products Forum (Chicago) Thursday, May 12, 2011 Jan-Patrick Schmitz President & CEO Montblanc North America   Interviewed by: Lisa Gudding Executive Vice President GfK Custom Research North America Link to Transcript  ...

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L’éducation artistique

L’éducation artistique

The Power of Arts Education There seems to be no concept used more often, in today’s debate regarding our Nation’s future, then The American Dream.  The expression dates back to James Truslow Adams’ book “The Epic of America” published in 1931 where he writes: “…that...

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Communication 24-7

Communication 24-7

Houston; 6:47 a.m.: In a suburban home, a boy runs into the kitchen.  His mother is preparing breakfast while shouting towards the staircase to her daughter, who is talking on her cell, telling her that she is going to be late. Her husband sits at the kitchen table,...

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Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

"Man soll alle Tage wenigstens ein kleines Lied hören, ein gutes Gedicht lesen, ein treffliches Gemälde sehen und, wenn es möglich zu machen wäre, einige vernünftige Worte sprechen." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Leadership and the Principle of “I”

Leadership and the Principle of “I”

I  believe a leader has to be the lighthouse of the organization. During the past two years when the nation discussed the cause and implication of a  severe disruption of our economic structure, we had to face a fundamental issue: As we discovered a tremendous number...

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SIUE Power Breakfast

SIUE Power Breakfast

On October 7, 2010, I visited Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Thursday to speak as part of the Sixth Annual Power Breakfast series, sponsored by the SIUE School of Business  The goal of the Power Breakfast series is to re-connect prominent SIUE alumni...

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TimeZone Interview: Montblanc Watchmaking

TimeZone Interview: Montblanc Watchmaking

A TimeZone Interview with Jan-Patrick Schmitz, President of Montblanc North America by Michael Sander Interview conducted September 2010 MS:  Michael Sandler - TimeZone.comJPS:  Jan-Patrick Schmitz - Montblanc   MS:   Thank you for taking the time to speak with...

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2010 CMO Spotlight Forum: Brand Management

2010 CMO Spotlight Forum: Brand Management

  2010 CMO Spotlight Forum: Retail and Consumer Goods & Services April 29, 2010 Jan-Patrick Schmitz President & CEO Montblanc North America Interviewed by: Jennifer Rooney Editor of CMO Strategy and Talentworks Advertising Age    [Jennifer Rooney]:...

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Bloomberg Businessweek: Luxury Leaders

Bloomberg Businessweek: Luxury Leaders

On August 7, 2008, I sat down with Charles Dubow of Businessweek to discuss as part of the Luxury Leaders series, the challenges and rewards of turning the Montblanc, the famous penmaker into a luxury company.

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Luxury Marketing Council

Luxury Marketing Council

On May 21, 2009, I had the opportunity to meet with Greg Furman,  Founder & Chairman of The Luxury Marketing Council, to discuss the brand strategy of Montblanc. The brand was establised in 1906 as a writing instrument maker and became in particular over the past...

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